The Engage Theme for February is Life and Career Readiness. How can we prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist; for a world with technology advancements that we have never known and; for the problems that they’ll have to solve? The Life and career skills that will help students succeed are, according to the P21 Framework:
“The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age [that] requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills.”
P21 identifies these skills as:
- Flexibility & Adaptability
- Initiative and Self-Direction
- Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
- Productivity & Accountability
- Leadership & Responsibility
In addition to these important skills, other specific skills include: technical skills, for example, using technology for project management and professional communication in the workplace and; college readiness skills, such as study and organizational skills are important.
At the first ever Whitehouse Maker Faire, President Obama said, "We are helping schools take shop class into the 21st century because one of the things I’m really interested in is how do we redesign high schools so that young people are able to do stuff as they are learning."
"Doing stuff" helps to develop life and career readiness. More and more high schools are realizing this as they grow their CTE departments. But, how can all teachers support these skills that will prepare students for their futures?
Discover the many resources on this topic in Engage, such as:
- A blog by Deb Norton,Makerspace Essentials for CTE
- A Classroom Challenge by Gail Holmes, 21st Century Careers: Finding the Right Career
- A recorded webinar by Brian David Johnson, Futurist: Living and Learning in 2025
- An Intel Teach Live recorded webinar, How do we Inspire Young Women
- A post by Khadija Bashir,
- An Idea Showcase Project, Career Choices, using the Visual Ranking tool
You’ll find more resources tagged as Life and Career Readiness. Be sure to tag anything you do this month with “life and career readiness” and/or “life and career skills.”
How can you engage students who might not be so interested in STEM/STEAM?